We are recruiting two hydrologists to assist in conducting analyses and modelling for various ongoing projects in the UK and overseas.
These posts will sit within the Hydrological Status and Outlooks and Water Resources Systems Groups at our Wallingford site. The post holders will conduct research across a number of areas in water resources science including: the development of hydrological situation monitoring and forecasting tools; analysis of observed and modelled hydrological datasets to enhance long-term water resources planning, and modelling of water resources systems and water quality.
Description of specific work to be undertaken and skills to be gained
One post holder will focus on undertaking analyses on observed and modelled environmental data across the UK and internationally (including climatic, river discharge and groundwater level datasets), in order to further develop tools for hydrological situation monitoring and forecasting. You will support ongoing external research projects (e.g. the ENDOWS project, aiming to integrate scientific and methodological advances in drought research into useful tools for decision-makers). You will gain experience in operational hydrological situation monitoring and forecasting via the National Hydrological Monitoring Programme and the UK Hydrological Outlook (www.hydoutuk.net). You will also gain experience in international project work: for example, via a major programme which aims to develop hydro-climatic services for water management in China and India, as well as within the STAR project aiming to enhance resilience to agricultural drought in Thailand. You will be expected to work closely with the project team based at our Wallingford site, effectively collating and analysing outputs from the active research projects, and contributing to organisation of internal and external meetings and workshops.
The other post-holder will focus on water quantity and quality modelling, applying a range of models to understand the hydrology of catchments in the UK and abroad. You will contribute to a variety of current applied research projects in the UK, South America and Asia, helping CEH deliver scientific evidence to underpin integrated water management approaches. You will tackle issues such as integrating climate and hydrological data to better understand water availability in India, modelling of changes in water quality across England and improving understanding of how reservoirs impact upon catchment hydrology in Brazil. Working with colleagues in the UK and project partners across the world you will gain experience in water quality and quantity modelling, helping to develop and apply some of CEH's hydrological models, including our GWAVA (Global Water AVailability Assessment) model.
You will hold the following skills, knowledge and abilities:
- A 2:1 degree in earth/environmental sciences, geography, physical sciences or statistics/mathematics;
- A Master’s degree in a scientific discipline or relevant research experience would be desirable;
- Interest in hydrology and environmental science;
- Good numeracy or statistical analysis skills;
- Experience of programming (preferably R or Fortran);
- Excellent organisational and time management skills, with an ability to work effectively in a team;
- Excellent written and oral communication skills;
- Able to demonstrate a commitment to promote and adhere to CEH values of Excellence, Integrity and Team work. Information on CEH’s values is available here.
Specific responsibilities and activities spread across the two posts include:
- Contribute to the National Hydrological Monitoring Programme, producing monthly operational UK Hydrological Summaries and Outlooks and working to assess and improve the utility of outputs
- Deliver interactive tools that demonstrate the utility of nationally-consistent datasets for water resource management planning in the UK
- Investigate how stakeholders and the public interact with hydrological status information such as drought indicators and forecasts, and how these are delivered
- Hydrometeorological and agricultural drought characterisation in Thailand using a suite of stakeholder co-developed drought indicators
- Assisting with the design and implementation of reservoir modelling functionality in a Brazilian context
- Setup and running of water quality models to understand the movement of, amongst other things, endocrine disrupting substances across England and Wales
- Development of tools and models to enable stakeholders in India to make more informed drought and water resources management decisions
- Manage a wide range of project output datasets and computer codes and apply standard quality and version control mechanisms
How to apply
The closing date for applications is 20th August 2019
The interview date will be 4th September 2019
Due to the urgency of filling these positions we require successful candidates to be able to commence employment either on or before the 30th September, therefore please only submit an application if this applies to you.
20th August 2019
£23,489 - there may be an opportunity to apply an allowance, depending on skills and experience